Jon Bon Jovi Says Richie Sambora's 'Choices Have Led Him Astray'

By Katrina Nattress

December 18, 2019

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It's been six years since Richie Sambora announced his departure from Bon Jovi, and it sounds like his former bandmate Jon Bon Jovi is still harboring some feelings of resentment. During a recent interview with Pollstar, the rockstar said that he thinks the guitarist/vocalist led himself "astray" when he decided to leave the band.

“This isn’t a band that is dependent on the guitar player like Van Halen or U2 or something, it was about the songs and it was about me,” he said. “We got it. I wish he was here, too, because we were a formidable duo. Our voices were the magic and he’s a great guy and all that kind of stuff, but his choices have led him astray.”

The two reunited last year when Bon Jovi was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Following the ceremony, Sambora said he would reunite with the band "if Jon asks me."

However, a month later he voiced his biggest problem with the band's mindset during his time as a member. “I thought we should have made more strides to become a band,” he confessed. “It was going towards Jon being the front-guy and nothing else."

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